I have raved about Azami Sushi Cafe on Melrose before, and I am singing praises once again! This sushi bar has really earned its stay in my top three sushi bars in LA.
We have been a number of times, and every time we are impressed by the total experience. The sushi is extremely high quality and delicious beyond most, the service is steady, the tea is perfect, and the sushi chefs are friendly, welcoming and accommodating beyond any other sushi bar I know.
The dishes are creative and complex in flavor. The chef will tell you exactly what part of the fish she is serving, and each item is served with much pampering and the perfect seasoning (salt, yuzu, soy rub, etc.). Additionally, we were presented with a dish of real, freshly grated wasabi. The fish is not covered -- as in many sushi bars; rather, it is skillfully enhanced by these seasonings.
The sushi chefs made us feel special and welcome by really listening to our pace and preferences. Never did they impose a packaged "set" on us, and although we were on an omakase plan, we were free to interrupt the plan at any time to change or adjust the course.
This sushi bar is entering its seventh year and the chefs/owners really care about their customers and take really good care of their customers!
AZAMI Sushi Cafe
7160 Melrose (at Formosa Avenue)
They will honor reservations at the bar or at the tables!